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Discovering Australia's Legendary Landscape: Must-See Destinations on an Outback Dingo Trax Tag-Along Tour


North Simpson Desert - Madigan Line Tour


Embarking on a tag-along tour with Dingo Trax promises an adventure unlike any other. Four Wheel Drive lovers will get the chance to explore the vast desert landscape within the heart of Australia in the company of fellow adventurers. Outback Australia is home to an abundance of breathtaking highlights waiting to be discovered. Here we’ll give you a taste of our best-of-the-best, must-see destinations on a Dingo Trax tag-along tour, showcasing the most awe-inspiring and iconic stops along our popular Madigan Line tour route. Get ready to be captivated by the natural beauty, rich history, and hidden gems that await you on your Dingo Trax adventure!



  1. Marree: The Gateway to the Outback

Nestled in the heart of South Australia's arid landscape, Marree serves as the perfect starting point for our expedition into the vast and rugged wilderness that lies ahead. Known as the "Gateway to the Outback," this historic town welcomes travellers with open arms and sets the stage for an unforgettable journey into the Simpson Desert. Marree's history is deeply intertwined with the exploration and settlement of the Australian Outback. Originally established as a vital stop on the iconic Ghan railway line, Marree was once a bustling transportation hub for goods and passengers traveling between Adelaide and Alice Springs. The town's strategic location made it a crucial supply point for early explorers, pastoralists, and traders seeking to unlock the riches of the Outback. Today, Marree retains much of its frontier charm and rugged appeal, offering visitors a glimpse into the unique culture and lifestyle of the Aussie Outback. From its weathered buildings and dusty streets to its warm and welcoming locals, the town exudes a sense of resilience and community that is characteristic of Outback Australia. Stepping foot in Marree, travelers are immediately enveloped in the timeless spirit of the Outback, where the pace of life is slower, and the connection to the land is palpable. While in Marree, travellers have the opportunity to explore the town's unique attractions and immerse themselves in its rich history and culture. Visit the iconic Marree Hotel, a historic Outback pub that has been serving travellers for over a century, and enjoy a cold beer and a hearty meal in the company of locals and fellow adventurers. Explore the Old Ghan Heritage Railway and Museum, where you can learn about the town's railway heritage and the pioneering spirit of the early railway workers. Take a stroll through Marree's streets, lined with weathered buildings and rustic charm, and soak in the timeless beauty of the surrounding landscape.



2. Lake Eyre South: A Spectacular Natural Wonder

As one of the lowest points on the Australian mainland, this vast salt lake serves as a mesmerising centerpiece of the remote desert landscape, drawing travellers from around the world to witness its ever-changing beauty. Lake Eyre South - also known as Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre - is a massive salt lake system covering an area of over 9,500 square kilometers. It is one of the largest salt lakes in the world and serves as a critical habitat for an array of birdlife and wildlife. Despite its arid surroundings, Lake Eyre South undergoes dramatic transformations in response to seasonal rainfall, with its waters ebbing and flowing in a breathtaking display of natural beauty. During periods of inundation, Lake Eyre South comes alive with an explosion of birdlife, attracting thousands of waterbirds from across Australia and beyond. From pelicans and spoonbills to migratory shorebirds and rare species such as the Australian pelican and banded stilt, the lake provides a vital breeding and feeding ground for a diverse array of bird species. For thousands of years, Lake Eyre South has held immense cultural significance for the Indigenous peoples of the region, including the Arabana and Dieri Aboriginal nations. Known as Kati Thanda in the Arabana language, the lake is deeply intertwined with Dreamtime stories and cultural traditions that have been passed down through generations. It serves as a place of spiritual connection, sustenance, and storytelling, embodying the rich cultural heritage of the Outback's traditional custodians.


3. Anna Creek Station: A Legacy of the Outback Pioneers

Once the domain of Sidney Kidman, the legendary Australian 'Cattle King', this sprawling cattle station offers a glimpse into the rugged lifestyle of Outback pioneers and remains one of the largest working cattle stations in the world to this day. Established in the late 19th century, Kidman's vision and determination transformed Anna Creek into a thriving cattle empire, where vast herds of cattle roamed across the rugged Outback landscape, sustained by the rich grasslands and natural water sources of the region. Life on Anna Creek Station is a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness of Outback pioneers. From mustering cattle on horseback to maintaining vital infrastructure such as water wells and fencing, station life is a constant battle against the elements and the harsh realities of the desert environment. Yet, despite the challenges, the station remains a vibrant and thriving community, where generations of families have forged a deep connection to the land and each other.


4. Mount Dare and Dalhousie Springs: Oasis in the Desert

As we venture further into the Outback, we arrive at Mount Dare on the western edge of the Simpson Desert. Mount Dare serves as a vital outpost for travellers venturing into this remote and rugged wilderness. Originally established as a cattle station in the early 20th century, Mount Dare has since evolved into a bustling oasis of hospitality and adventure, providing travelers with essential services, accommodations, and supplies for their desert journey. With its iconic pub, campground, and friendly atmosphere, Mount Dare offers a warm welcome to weary travellers seeking refuge in the heart of the Outback. Just a short distance from Mount Dare lies Dalhousie Springs, a series of natural artesian springs that bubble up from deep underground aquifers, creating a haven of warmth and serenity amidst the desert landscape. Fed by ancient waters that have travelled thousands of years through the earth's crust, these mineral-rich springs offer travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves in rejuvenating thermal waters, soothing tired muscles and revitalising the spirit. Surrounded by towering palm trees and lush vegetation, Dalhousie Springs is a true oasis in the desert, inviting exploration and relaxation in equal measure.


5. Old Andado and the Waddywood Trees: Echoes of Outback History

Old Andado is a historic homestead offering a fascinating glimpse into life in the Outback during the early 20th century. Originally settled in the 1900s by Molly Clark, a pioneering woman who carved out a life for herself in this harsh and unforgiving landscape, Old Andado stands as a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness of Outback settlers. Today, the homestead has been lovingly restored and preserved, allowing visitors to step back in time and experience the challenges and triumphs of desert life firsthand. Wander through the historic buildings of the homestead, including the original house, kitchen, and outbuildings, where artifacts and memorabilia offer a window into the past. Surrounding Old Andado are the ancient waddywood trees, also known as Acacia Peuce, a rare and endangered species found only in a few isolated pockets of the Australian Outback. These majestic trees, with their gnarled branches and silvery bark, are a living testament to the unique biodiversity of the region and the importance of conservation efforts in preserving Australia's natural heritage. For centuries, waddywood trees have provided sustenance and shelter for Indigenous peoples and wildlife alike, playing a vital role in the delicate ecosystem of the Outback.


6. Madigan Line: Tracing the Footsteps of Explorers

Amidst its towering red sand dunes and vast salt pans, lies a historic trail that traces the footsteps of pioneering explorers - the Madigan Line. Named after Australian geologistCecil Madigan, who led the first scientific expedition across the Simpson Desert in 1939, the Madigan Line offers travellers a chance to follow in the footsteps of these intrepid explorers and experience the raw beauty and rugged terrain of the Outback. Cecil Madigan and his team undertook the arduous journey across the desert, braving extreme temperatures, treacherous terrain, and isolation to unlock the secrets of this remote wilderness. Today, the Madigan Line stands as a tribute to Madigan's pioneering spirit and his enduring legacy as one of Australia's greatest explorers. As we journey along the Madigan Line, we camp under the vast expanse of the Outback sky, where the stars shine brightly against the backdrop of the desert night. Gathered around the campfire, we share stories and laughter, forging bonds that will last a lifetime. In the silence of the desert night, there is a sense of peace and tranquility that envelops us, reminding us of the timeless beauty and majesty of the natural world.


7. Birdsville: Iconic Outback Town

Nestled on the edge of the vast Simpson Desert in outback Queensland lies a town that embodies the spirit of the Australian Outback - Birdsville. Renowned for its rugged charm, iconic landmarks, and warm hospitality, Birdsville beckons travelers from around the world to experience the timeless beauty and adventure that define this remote corner of the country. Join us as we delve into the rich tapestry of Birdsville's history, culture, and attractions, uncovering the secrets of this iconic Outback town. Founded in the late 1800s as a small outpost on the edge of the Queensland frontier, Birdsville quickly grew into a bustling town fueled by the region's burgeoning cattle and wool industries. Named after the abundant birdlife that thrived in the nearby wetlands, Birdsville became a vital hub for travelers and traders passing through the remote Outback region.


Over the years, the town has weathered its fair share of challenges, from droughts and floods to economic downturns, yet it has remained resilient, preserving its unique identity and charm amidst the harsh desert landscape. Birdsville is home to a wealth of iconic landmarks and attractions that capture the imagination and inspire awe in visitors. At the heart of the town lies the legendary Birdsville Hotel, an Outback institution that has been serving travelers for over a century. With its weathered facade, rustic charm, and lively atmosphere, the Birdsville Hotel is a must-visit destination for anyone passing through the Outback. Nearby, the Birdsville Racecourse stands as a testament to the town's enduring spirit of adventure, hosting the world-famous Birdsville Races each September, where locals and visitors alike come together to celebrate the thrill of the track.


8. A tapestry of fantastic flora & fauna

Despite its harsh conditions, the Simpson Desert supports a surprisingly diverse array of plant life, with species adapted to the arid climate and sandy soils. One of the most iconic plant species of this vast landscape is the spinifex grass, a hardy perennial grass that carpets the desert floor with its tufted foliage. With its deep roots and ability to withstand extreme temperatures and drought, spinifex plays a crucial role in stabilizing the sand dunes and preventing erosion. Saltbushes and bluebushes are common sights in the desert landscape, with their silvery foliage providing valuable forage for wildlife. Desert oaks, with their twisted branches and needle-like leaves, offer shade and shelter for animals and birds, while colorful wildflowers bloom after rare desert rains, painting the landscape with bursts of vibrant color. The Simpson Desert is teeming with life, from tiny insects to iconic Australian wildlife. One of the most iconic residents of the desert is the red kangaroo, the largest marsupial in Australia, which roams the desert landscape in search of food and water. Other kangaroo species, such as the agile wallaby and the elusive bilby, can also be found in the desert, along with smaller marsupials like the fat-tailed dunnart and the spinifex hopping mouse. Birdlife is also abundant here with species adapted to the arid conditions and sparse vegetation. Wedge-tailed eagles soar high above the desert dunes, while flocks of budgerigars and zebra finches flit among the shrubs and trees in search of seeds and insects. Parrots, cockatoos, and galahs are also common sights in the desert, their vibrant plumage standing out against the red sand and blue skies.


The Simpson Desert is also home to a unique population of wild camels, descendants of the camels brought to Australia in the 19th century for use in exploration and transportation. These hardy creatures, with their distinctive humps and long, curved necks, have adapted remarkably well to the harsh desert environment, roaming the sandy dunes in search of food and water. While once used by early explorers and pioneers to traverse the vast expanse of the Outback, today, the camels of the Simpson Desert are a living reminder of the enduring legacy of exploration and survival in the arid wilderness.


 

Embarking on a tag-along tour with Dingo Trax is a journey of discovery and adventure, offering travellers the chance to explore some of Australia's most breathtaking and iconic outback destinations. Each stop along our Madigan Line route promises a unique and unforgettable experience. So pack your sense of adventure and join Dingo Trax for an epic journey through the spectacular landscapes of Australia.


Our next tour will be setting off on June 3 so don't miss out! And if that date doesn't suit, we've got plenty of other options on our 2024 and 2025 tour schedule for you and your crew.


 

tour details

North Simpson Desert - Madigan Line







Cost: $3500

Prices for outback tours include one vehicle carrying 2 adults and children under 12 years of age. Additional passengers outside of the 2 adults and children under 12 years vehicle configuration are $500 per person.


Duration: 10 - 12 days


Rating: Medium, with some difficult sections


2024 Tour Dates: 

3 - 14 June 2024

4 - 15 Aug 2024

1 - 12 Oct 2024


2025 Tour Dates: 

1 - 13 April 2025

2 - 14 June 2025

4 - 16 Aug 2025

1 - 12 Oct 2025


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